We still haven’t had any official announcements from Samsung regarding the Note20 series as of yet, expecting the company to only reveal the new phone series sometime in early to mid-August if past release dates are any indications. Yet in a surprise blunder, the company has managed to publicly upload two product images of the upcoming Note20+ or Ultra (naming uncertain) on one of its Ukrainian pages.

Whilst we usually don’t report on leaks or unofficial speculations as part of our editorial standards – a first party blunder like this is very much an exception to the rule.

The leak showcases the seemingly bigger sibling of the Note20 series as it features the full camera housing and seemingly same modules as the Galaxy S20 Ultra. There’s been a design aesthetic change as the cameras are now accentuated by a ring element around the lenses, making the modules appear more consistent with each other, even though there’s still clearly different sized lenses along with the rectangular periscope zoom module. The images showcase actual depth on the part of the ring elements, so they may extend in three dimensions.

The new gold/bronze colour also marks a return for Samsung for such a more metallic option.

We expect the Note20 series to be a minor hardware upgrade over the S20 devices, with the most defining characteristic naturally being the phone’s integrated S-Pen stylus.

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Source: Samsung Ukraine (Removed by now)

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  • StevoLincolnite - Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - link

    As a strict note user for like... Forever.
    Hopefully we see a return of the headphone jack, the Notes are a device that should be able to do *everything*.

    And hopefully it's made a little more durable, notes you typically fumble around in your hands that "little bit more" than regular devices due to the S-Pen... And having them be as fragile as a piece of cardboard really reduces my desire to upgrade to the latest and greatest if I can get another Note 10+ for half the price... Dropped mine from about a meter, the entire touch-display is non-functional, restricting me to S-Pen usage only, had a screen protector and case on it too.

    Hopefully they release a Gold variant, had a Gold Note 5, Gold Note 8.. So the Aura Glow Note 10+ was a bit of a deviation for me there. (Although still looks good.)
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  • icebox - Friday, July 3, 2020 - link

    Unfortunately the note hasn't been the "everything" device for a while. For the past few version it's been a sxx with a pen.

    To be a real *everything* I would like back: the IR blaster from the S5, the FM transmitter from the Nokia n900, fm receiver (with a basic internal antenna or stylus acting as antenna to work without headphones at least for close stations ), headphone jack and also sacrifice some damn thinnes for battery and grip. Also offer it in a plastic variant, one that has a better grip in your hand then the current "let's make it feel like a wet fish".
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  • flyingpants265 - Friday, July 3, 2020 - link

    Agreed. $999+ device should damn well have everything including IR blaster. I don't mind paying extra, if it actually has the features I want.

    I need front stereo speakers (Xiaomi Black Shark), waterproofing and wireless charging, and obviously headphone jack, and good cameras. Every expensive phone should have those features. After we've got that, then we can worry about gimmicks like folding phones, projectors, wireless earbuds and even 120hz, which is not really helping you in a laggy OS with crappy games.

    All phones should have a version that's 3 mm thicker and adds 2000 or more milliampere hours. There's absolutely no excuse for this. But a smaller battery degrades faster.

    Also, all sealed phones should have little thin batteries that clip onto the back, and the power system should intelligently charge directly and eliminate charging losses.
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  • eastcoast_pete - Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - link

    I like the double-meaning of the headline! While it looks better than the S10 Ultra, I can't help wonder just how that asymmetric hump will cause the unit to wobble when laid down on a table to, for example, use the pen. And the pen is the key reason to buy a Note over another phone, so that doesn't make sense to me.
    And, of course, this will be yet another example of Samsung trying to price a phone at a higher MSRP than even Apple dares to charge for its top phone.
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  • eastcoast_pete - Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - link

    I meant the S20 Ultra, of course, but Gboard autocorrect makes sure to mess it up. Thanks Google! Reply
  • twtech - Thursday, July 2, 2020 - link

    Would you really buy one of these and use it without a case though?

    I don't have small hands, but even so, without a case with a rubberized grip, I think I would probably have dropped my Note 10+ at least a dozen times already.

    A case would likely even out the back.
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  • flyingpants265 - Friday, July 3, 2020 - link

    We wouldn't, but plenty of others would. No idea. Phone reviewers have ALWAYS talked about the phone's "finish" and materials... It's always been useless imho. Just make them out of plastic or whatever's thinner, or easily replaced. I don't mind buying a glass back for $10 either. Reply
  • BedfordTim - Saturday, July 4, 2020 - link

    That depends on the case. Reply
  • Tams80 - Thursday, July 2, 2020 - link

    It looks beautiful and by all means Samsung, release a version for people who's phones are jewelry to them. But how about, at least with the Note series, releasing some more utilitarian again? How about replaceable batteries, and headphone jacks, and backs that won't easily crack?

    Hell, just make an Active version (with an integrated stylus). We know you can.

    At the moment the Sony Xperia 1 Mark II is only really a Wacom EMR stylus and non-glass back away from being better.
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  • s.yu - Thursday, July 2, 2020 - link

    Even less for me, just the stylus. I'll live with any back because I use external protection. Reply

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